State government steps in to help save historic Lamb House

Extra protection has been granted to preserve the existing characteristics of historic Lamb House and its grounds, a property that’s considered one of Queensland’s most important heritage homes.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick said he approved Brisbane City Council’s request for a temporary local planning instrument (TLPI) to ensure the structure and site are safeguarded.

“Preserving our capital city’s heritage is important to all Queenslanders,” Mr Dick said.

“Lamb House is a prominent feature on the Kangaroo Point cliffs and an incredible reminder of how the inner city once was.

“Fast-tracking this TLPI will provide extra protection and certainty as quickly as possible.

“This TLPI will preserve not only the house but also the extensive grounds it rests on, so the integrity of the property and its streetscape values will both be maintained.”

Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad said council’s TLPI will ensure ‘Home’, as it was once known, is adequately protected for the community.

“Lamb House is such a key part of our city’s history, and we want to ensure the site is there for future generations to enjoy,” Ms Trad said.

“With this TLPI in place, we can make sure the site does not become home to a building out of line in character or scale of the existing property.”

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said Queensland’s heritage homes together told a story more than a century in the making.

“Places like Lamb House allow Queenslanders to reflect on their built history,” Ms Enoch said.

“They hold stories of another era within their structure, and as our state evolves it’s important we have these landmarks to remind us of the past.”

The historic house is currently heritage listed under both the Brisbane City Plan and the State Heritage Register.

Before the TLPI was introduced, zoning allowed for multiple dwellings to be constructed on the site, causing an imminent risk of infill development.

Mr Dick said the temporary local planning instrument took effect from 11 June 2019 and will be in place for up to two years.

“During this time, we will continue to work with council to ensure the right planning protections are in place to prevent future development on the site,” he said.

View the TLPI on the Brisbane City Council website.

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